Rural Areas Face Challenges to Eradicate Extreme Poverty

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Some 350 million people living in rural areas being lifted out of extreme poverty in the past decade, according to The Rural Poverty Report, published by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a United Nations (UN) agency.

However, in spite of this, more than a billion people around the world still continue to suffer.

The UN describes extreme poverty as living on less than $1.25 (80p) a day.

But factors such as human development, a lack of basic needs, vulnerability, livelihood, unsustainability and social exclusion are also considered in the report, which reflects on rural areas across the world and the implications for global food security.

The last report came out in 2001 but, according to IFAD’s president Kananyo Nwanze, ideally it should come out more frequently.

“You shouldn’t have to wait 10 years for a report of this nature,” he says.

Source: BBC News (link opens in a new window)